On Monday morning, it was revealed that SEC Network analyst Booger McFarland got under Myles Garrett’s skin so much that the former Texas A&M defensive end walked away from participating in an interview.
Now, Garrett clarified what made him cancel that session with Mike Greenberg and McFarland, who was sitting in for Mike Golic on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show.
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Garrett believed McFarland, a former LSU defensive lineman, tends to show bias while giving his takes on certain players.
He was especially peeved at a comment McFarland made before the scheduled interview regarding Garrett’s prowess against the run. Garrett, a potential No. 1 overall pick on April 27 in the 2017 NFL Draft, took offense to that criticism, believing he improved throughout his Aggies career.
Here’s a little bit of what McFarland said, as transcribed by The Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel:
“But being an athlete doesn’t make you a football player. Ask Mike Mamula, who tore up the Combine but couldn’t break an egg in the NFL. I’m not saying Myles Garrett is gonna do that, but I just look at the tape — and the tape never lies, Greeny — and the tape has said that although he is a tremendous athlete, I just wonder how much does he love playing defensive line and being hit and the collisions that take place time after time. The tape says he’s been hesitant to do that over the last couple years.”
On top of that, McFarland was hesitant to dub Garrett worthy of the top overall pick, questioning the toughness of Garrett and the Texas A&M defense.
McFarland apologized to listeners of the show in a tweet while saying, ” … Myles Garrett didn’t wanna come on due to critical comments I’ve said in past about his play.”
Regardless of how anyone feels about Garrett versus the run, he was a prolific pass-rusher, with 32.5 sacks in his three seasons in College Station.